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Everything Valve does is because of Steam

Why is Valve getting into virtual reality? Why is Valve making Steam Machines and the Steam Controller? Why did Valve make its own Linux-based operating system? Why did Valve make the Steam Controller? Why is Valve releasing its game engine, Source, for free? It's the Steam economy, stupid!<p>Valve's …

Virtual Reality

​4G networks in US doing better, but still lag, study finds

4G wireless networks in the US are faster and more widely used, but download speeds are worse than in dozens of other countries, according to OpenSignal.<p>After backsliding somewhat last year in the United States, 4G mobile networks are spreading farther and performing better in 2015.<p>That's according …

T-Mobile

​Rambus on-chip camera will lead to finer gesture recognition

A higher-precision image sensor approach lets your phone detect fine movements like finger-pinch gestures made away from the screen.<p>BARCELONA -- With chip-based camera technology from Rambus, your next smartphone may understand a new range of commands issued by moving your hands and wiggling your …

Imaging

Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project just launched on Github and shows some definite …

Google confirms plans to become a mobile (virtual) network

BARCELONA, Spain — Sundar Pichai, senior VP at Google and the man who heads up Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, has confirmed the long-standing rumors that it was planning to enter the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) space in the U.S.<p>Taking to the stage at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in …

Could driverless cars own themselves?

<b>Forget buying an electric-powered Tesla, sharing a Zipcar or hiring an Uber - the most disruptive force in getting from A to B on four wheels could be cars that own themselves.</b><p>Emancipated automobiles sounds like a crazy concept. But the man advocating the idea goes further: he thinks they'll have …

Autonomous Cars

Personal jetpacks cleared for take-off with Australian stock market listing

New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company is already taking orders for ‘world’s first practical jetpack able to be flown by a pilot or via remote control’<p>A mainstay of popular science fiction and futurist conventions since the 1920s, the personal jetpack will move a step closer to reality on …

Remote Controls

Telescopic Contact Lenses Are Here

2.7x magnification, activated with a wink.<p>​Wearable technology offers yet another opportunity to be a creepy person: telescopic contact lenses. ​Unveiled at this week's AAAS meeting/conference in San Jose, the lenses are the creation of optics engineers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, …

Macular Degeneration

The Race to Replace Bitcoin

An epic battle between two bitcoin 2.0 contenders grips the crypto world<p>There’s an epic battle for the future of money, and the outcome is murky. It …

Bitcoin

The gold rush days of bitcoin mining are over, and not because of the price

For all the volatility in bitcoin pricing, 2014 may be looked back on as a year when bitcoin began to move past the proof-of-concept stage and toward a mainstream market. Some 6.6 million bitcoin wallets have been set up so far this year, according to Coindesk, a fivefold increase over 2013. And …

Bitcoin

Are we ready for companies that run themselves? – David Z Morris

It is January 2014 and at least 400 people are packed into a conference hall in Miami Beach. High-profile journalists stand against the walls. …

Blockchain

Google says its Titan drones will make their first flight in a few months

Sending internet access down from the skies<p>At Mobile World Congress this morning, Google's Sundar Pichai said that Titan, the drone company Google acquired in April of 2014, would be conducting its first test flight later this year. Google bought the company after it was widely reported Facebook …

Drones

Protein shown to slow progress of Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis

Researchers have identified a promising new target in the battle against certain neurological diseases. A protein known as TREM2 has been proven …

Mobile Technology

Image captures light as both wave and particle for very first time

In 1905, Albert Einstein provided an explanation of the photoelectric effect – that various metals emit electrons when light is shined on them – by …

Podo’s Camera Turns Any Surface Into A Photo Booth

Since smartphones put a decent camera in nearly everyone’s pocket, it’s become the norm to take pictures with friends when going out, because you might as well capture the memory.<p>In some settings, that might mean asking a stranger to take a photo, stretching your arm out to capture several people …

Mobile Photography

Silicon Nanofibers Boost Li-ion Batteries for EVs

Last summer, Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan, both professors at the University of California Riverside, put a small twist on all the attempts to use …

University of California, Riverside

Tesla Model S has a hidden James Bond mode

With a nod to Jules Verne<p>It’s not enough that Tesla’s Model S is the world’s best car, two years running — it’s also the coolest. A newly discovered easter egg lets you turn your e-car into a Lotus Esprit S1 submersible. Hold the "T" logo, enter "007" into the login, and then adjust your suspension …

Tesla

New Wave System Claims Huge Energy per Ton Potential

Wave energy could become practical using a system that mimics the human heart, say engineers in Sweden. The system allows a wave power generator to …

Clean Energy

Roku gets a new Plex app that looks nothing like the old one

Image copyright Steve Johnson/Flickr.Good news for Roku users: everyone’s favorite media center app maker Plex just launched a new Roku channel that …

Smart TV

A First Look at the HDR Merge Feature Coming Soon in Lightroom 6

Earlier this month, a leaked product page revealed a number of features that will be found in the upcoming Lightroom 6. One of them was an HDR …

Tutorials

Lotus Evora 400

Its raw power might not match up to that of other supercars, but it's so light, it doesn't really matter. Powered by a re-engineered, supercharged, …

Supercars

Steve McQueen’s 1915 Cyclone Is up for Auction

Steve McQueen was tied to so many vehicles that it seems like a Steve McQueen ‘Something’ goes up for auction every other month. While all are …

Fitting Blomkamp, Scott’s Prometheus 2 in the ALIEN timeline

It may be time to make good on the (seemingly empty) promise made by Niell Blomkamp several weeks ago about a new ALIEN film. This film was …

Construction

Sony SmartWatch 3 review: Android Wear can be remarkably unremarkable

Almost since Android was introduced, it's been followed by people (including me) complaining about manufacturer customizations to the software. Companies like Samsung, Motorola, and LG used to layer horrifically bad software UI on top of the "pure" Android experience. They're better now, but still, …

Wear OS

What Worcester Needs to Know About “Smart Grids”

Utility providers across the country have installed so-called “smart meters” in homes and businesses, but at what cost? While these meters are …

Nokia Networks to power Internet of Things with 5G connectivity and network security #MWC15

<b>MWC Press Blockbuster</b><p>Demonstrates future 5G technologies for applications that depend on massive network capacity or critical latency levels such as …

Internet of Things

Helpful Infographic Visualizes What a "Net-Zero" Home Looks Like

The falling cost of energy-efficient equipment means that in the not-so-distant future, we'll see more net-zero homes. But, what is that exactly? A net-zero energy home is one that uses about 60 to 70 percent less energy than a conventional dwelling, and the balance of its energy needs are supplied …

Renewable Energy